If at first you don’t succeed…

If you’re looking for a 5 week quick fix then look away now – this progress has been a long time coming! As someone who was never eating to lose weight, my fuel was always based around performance and how much extra weight I could get on the bar as opposed to how I looked! IMG_5951 I trained pretty intensely 5-6 days a week so I  ate what I wanted without monitoring. Low carb – high fat was how it was for some time, and while I was never overweight I did get a bit of a shock when I hit the scales at 72kg in January of this year. Even though there was a lot of muscle there, I’m only 5ft 3 remember, and was looking pretty stacked lol! I felt it was time to focus on my diet and see what was going on. IMG_5968 Enter MyFitnessPal: When I started tracking, I noticed my fats were in surplus (a lot) and I wasn’t eating near enough protein or carbs. A lot of us are programmed to believe that carbs are bad so we tend to avoid them, leaving us not properly fuelled for all the training we’re putting in! I introduced oats and rice, upped my protein and in a short space of time I was down to 70kg (now we all know the scales are no good for tracking as muscle weighs more etc etc). This is when I got in touch with Dominic Munnelly to help me out with my nutrition. Dominic has been in the Industry for over 15 years and applies an “evidence based” approach rather than a quick fix, and after attending a seminar with himself and Danny Lennon it was just what I needed! I met up with Dominic and we spoke about my goals, he took all my measurements and sorted out my macros and calorie intake, so here’s what I’m working off at the moment:

2,437cals/day to maintain

1,937 to drop 1lb or 0.5kg per week

So with that my macros look like:

190g carbs per day (40%)

143g protein per day (30%)

63g fat per day (30%)

Within a month of following these macros I was down to 68.5kg and my strength training hasn’t suffered which is something I was worried about. I’m due to meet up with Dominic soon to discuss my progress and future goals. IMG_5966 What I’ll say is I am not someone who likes to have rules and restrictions on eating, as I don’t think it’s healthy for the body or mind. If we follow a more balanced approach we will reach our goals over time and without feeling like we’re on some crazy diet. Instead it’s a lifestyle, a way of eating for life and not some 5 week challenge where you’re miserable and hating every second of it. Yes, you will probably lose some weight but you can be guaranteed it won’t stay off for long when you start eating normally again. The truth is, there is no quick fix but think about fueling your body with colourful, nutritious food and in time you will get the results you want – you just gotta have patience!   img_1225

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Piggy Pancakes

When I came across this super cute piggy pancake pan in TK Maxx last week, I just had to have it! I’m a big fan of anything kitsch so this was right up my street! A steal at only €6, I couldn’t wait to make some novelty pancakes at the weekend!

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The recipe I used was my Perfect Protein Pancakes and it worked perfectly in this pan as it holds together really well so you can easily flip them.

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They certainly put a smile on my face on Sunday morning! What do you think?

COOL & FUNKY, AIMEE’S 180 LIFESTYLE CHANGE!

Hey guys,

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the “Crossfit FSM” Vlog last month, Stephen is a great guy and we had so much fun recording this. We talk about how I turned my life around and started my journey to live a healthy and active lifestyle, my blogging journey and my goals for the future! Grab yourself a nice hot coffee and get stuck in! Hope you enjoy xx

Competition Time with Stript Snacks!

Hey guys,

As a mahoooosive Thank you to you all for supporting and all my new followers! I’m delighted to have teamed up with Stript Snacks for this giveaway. They are one of my favourite Irish brands and provide delicious Jerky; perfect for that high protein hit on the move! This is a great opportunity if you haven’t tried it already and I’m giving away 2 weeks worth as well as a Primal Piggy t-shirt!

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ENTER COMPETITION HERE:

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Kale, Pancetta and Vine Tomato Hash

IMG_1225You wake up on a Sunday morning and you want to eat something delicious but you also want your coffee ASAP. (Prime example of #FIRSTWORLDPROBLEMS!!!!) But I am here to save you, this easy-peasy brunch dish can be whipped up in less than 20 minutes.

The great thing about a “hash” is you can change it up anyway you want, add some baby potatoes, grated sweet potato, spinach or replace the pancetta with bacon or chorizo to name a few.

I’ve made this dish many times with sweet potato and chorizo and it’s ridiculous yummy. I posted that recipe on Boxrox, you can find the recipe right here. That recipe is a little bit time consuming so I figured I’d try a quicker version using kale and it worked out perfectly.

Ingredients:

  • Roughly 100g (2 good handfuls) kale washed and chopped
  • 65g pancetta cubes
  • 10 Piccolo Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 2 medium organic eggs
  • small bunch fresh coriander chopped
  • salt and black pepper

Method

  1. In a non-stick pan over a medium heat cook the pancetta, this is quite a fatty meat so no oil is required. When it nice and crispy, transfer to a small bowl.
  2. In the same pan add the kale, you can include a small bit of coconut oil here if needed (no more than a tsp) and fry for a couple of minutes, now add the tomatoes, pancetta, half of the coriander and some seasoning- cook for a about 2 minutes.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and break in two eggs and place under the grill until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
  4. Sprinkle on the rest of the coriander and some black pepper and serve immediately.

Hope you enjoy xx

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Chewy Coconut Slice with Chocolate Fudge Topping

IMG_0318Did you know if you put shredded coconut in a food processor and let it run for about 5-6 mins it turns into a coconut butter? You don’t need to add anything else! This is another one of the reasons why I love making raw treats, it always fascinates me that you can make such yummy things with natural ingredients!

The base of this dessert actually tastes very similar to white chocolate, so it’s works amazing with the goji berries! You may also like the recipe for my Raw Bounty Bites, which uses a similar method.

Ingredients:

Base

  • 3 cups dried dessicated coconut
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried goji berries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • good pinch of himalayan salt

Fudge topping

  • 8 squares 85% dark chocolate
  • 1-2 tbsp Cnonna chocolate almond butter (or any almond butter)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Method

1. In a food processor, add all the coconut. Process for about five minutes, scrap down the sides and run for a further 2 minutes. It should be a little oily and stick together easily.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except GOJI berries) Process again for another 5 minutes until it’s mixed well, it should look a little crumbly. Mix in the goji berries with a spoon.

3. Line a glass dish with baking paper, smooth out with a spatula or your hands. Press down a couple of times so it’s firm and even. Place in the freezer to set.

4. In a bowl over hot water add the chocolate and coconut oil, allow to melt and mix in the almond butter. When the base is a little hard, pour the fudge mix over, sprinkle with some shredded coconut and place in the freezer to set again.

5. Leave for at least an hour and cut into squares when ready.

**Must be stored in the fridge/freezer.

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Peppermint Matcha Latte

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During the week I received some products from Irish Brand “Nua Naturals” to sample. I’m a big fan of their products and use them in almost all of my raw food recipes, so to receive these goodies was awesome!

I have teamed up with Nua Naturals to give you guys a 15% discount on their website. To avail of this offer use the promo code: PIGGY15

One of the products I received was the new Cacao Matcha Latte. I know know some people struggle with matcha tea as it is very strong and bitter compared to regular green tea. This latte might be a good starting point as the taste is toned down with the added cacao and natural flavourings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Nua Naturals cacao matcha latte
  • 250ml almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint oil
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Method:

1. Using a whisk, mix the matcha powder with 20ml hot water (not boiling) to make a paste. Heat the almond milk over a medium heat, and when it’s warm mix in the matcha paste.

2. Transfer the mixture to a blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Blend for 20 seconds until frothy. Top with some cacao powder/nibs and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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